We are Tej (Kathryn and Libby).
In May 2011, we visited the lovely district of Flaminio in northern Rome to look at the gap between the Global and Local. We’ll assume you don’t know loads about Flaminio (but if you do, sorry - you’ll have to skim...)
Flaminio is home to the internationally famous MAXXI gallery by Zaha Hadid, the Olympic Stadiums and the Parco Della Musica by Renzo Piano; yet it’s also a really quiet neighbourhood with many local businesses and homes.
The area is hugely popular with global tourists, yet they very rarely stray from the iconic sites ignoring the local scale aspects. Plus local residents have no relationship to the global institutions. Therefore we wanted to bridge this gap and connect people to the real Flaminio.
10 cameras were given to 10 locals with the request to document their life in Flaminio resulting in a collection of local artwork. With these photographs, we introduced the community’s artwork (sneakily) into the world famous MAXXI modern art gallery alongside internationally renowned artists and designers - putting the local art and global art side by side. This was followed by creating an art gallery in the streets: pasting the photos onto the trees of the tourist heavy areas, we introduced visitors to the people and places of Flaminio.
We have already made a short film about the intervention (with a little help from a wonderful camera man named Tom) and the final stage of the project is to make a publication to send to and thank all the participants, as well as promote the fact that we staged a pretty sweet intervention. It will show the beautiful photographs the locals took, house a short essay about the project, include a portrait of one of the local photographers and a map to show the location of Flaminio and of all the local businesses and people involved in the project.
As well as the publication, the funds will also cover the costs of the launch in both Manchester and Flaminio.